In observance of Memorial Day weekend, numerous parades and gatherings are planned throughout Champaign County. Below is a list of planned events.
American Legion Post 120 and its auxiliaries, AMVETS Post 121 and its auxiliaries, DAV Chapter 31 and its auxiliary, and VFW Post 5451 and its auxiliary will co-host its annual Memorial Day ceremony in Urbana on Monday, May 29, at Oak Dale Cemetery.
The event will begin at 10:45 a.m. at Soldiers Mound, and the guest speaker will be Ohio 85th District state Rep. Nino Vitale (R-Urbana).
The Champaign County Singers, under the direction of Jacque Howell, will perform the national anthem and other patriotic songs and, weather permitting, Jim White will provide a flyover.
A 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps” will be provided by the American Legion Firing Squad. The VFW Honor Guard will also be in attendance.
In case of inclement weather, the Memorial Day ceremony will be moved inside BrownRidge Hall, 220 E. Court St.
West Liberty’s annual Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 29. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at the old high school on West Columbus Street and stop at Town Hall on North Detroit Street for a ceremony featuring guest speaker Carmen L. Scott, a Vietnam War-era veteran and lifelong native of Logan County.
Following the ceremony, the parade will proceed to Fairview Cemetery for a memorial service featuring a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.”
The West Liberty-Salem High School Marching Band is scheduled to perform during the event.
A Memorial Day Parade will take place in North Lewisburg at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 29. The parade will form at 9:45 a.m. in front of Carter’s Auto Service at 55 E. Townsend St.
Following the 10 a.m. parade, services will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the veterans memorial located in North Lewisburg Park on East Street. Champaign County Veterans Service Officer Buzzy Moore will be the featured speaker.
Those attending may wish to bring lawn chairs. Any questions regarding the parade and service may be directed to the village offices at 937-747-3645.
Logan County Family Court Judge Dan W. Bratka, a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Air Force Reserve, will be the guest speaker during a Memorial Day service conducted by American Legion Post 238 of Mechanicsburg. The service, which will feature the Mechanicsburg High School Marching Band, will begin at 1:45 p.m. on Monday, May 29, at Maple Grove Cemetery in Mechanicsburg.
Prior to the service, a Memorial Day parade will depart from Heritage Cooperative at 1 p.m.
American Legion Post 238 of Mechanicsburg will conduct a Memorial Day service in Woodstock at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 29, at Woodstock Cemetery.
The Terre Haute parade will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 28. The parade will feature floats, local youth groups, fire equipment, antique cars and tractors and the Graham High School Marching Band.
Memorial services, featuring guest speaker Champaign County Commissioner Steve Hess, will follow in the Terre Haute Cemetery.
The Christiansburg Fire Company will hold its annual Memorial Day Parade and Services on Monday, May 29.
Lineup for the parade will start at 11 a.m. at the village park. The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. and is expected to last 30 minutes.
Immediately following the parade, a memorial service will be held at Smith Cemetery on the east edge of the village.
The Woodstock Community Church will host a commemorative program at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 28.
Rev. Frank Summerfield will present information that he has gathered about Gen. John A. Logan, whose picture appears at the top of the Civil War Memorial Window in the church.
Visitors will be able to view the window and the church interior.
Participants may join in singing Civil War music directed by Dr. Janet Ebert.
Following the program, visitors may visit the grave of Capt. Oliver Caldwell of the 95th Regiment at the Woodstock Cemetery. Caldwell received the Medal of Honor, which is pictured in the Civil War commemorative stained glass window in the church.
A guide will be provided to direct visitors to the gravesite.
A Memorial Day ceremony will be held in St. Paris on Saturday, May 27. The ceremony will start at 9 a.m. at Harmon Park before moving to Evergreen Cemetery.
A Memorial Day worship service honoring military veterans and current service men and women will be held at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 28, at the Gloria Theatre in Urbana.
Retired USAF Lt. Col. Thomas D. Schulte Jr. will be the guest speaker.